A Grandfather Died in ‘Swatting’ Over His Twitter Handle, Officials Say

“Mr. Sonderman has expressed his repentance several times. He has expressed his regret over the death of Mr. Herring,” Huffman said in an email on Saturday. The Sonderman family had also expressed repentance. There are many families affected by Shane’s actions, including his own family. “

Mr Herring has been targeted for refusing to sell his Twitter handle @Tennessee, according to his family and prosecutors.

Smart, blunt, and simple, Mr. Herring has loved computers since he was a teenager and joined Twitter in March 2007, less than a year after it started, his family said.

He knew people wanted his grip, which he chose because of his love for the state he was born and raised in and turned down offers of $ 3,000 to $ 4,000 for sale, his daughter Corinna Fitch, 37, said in an interview .

“He would laugh at it and say, ‘I’m not selling this,'” she said.

The last time Mr. Herring was with his three daughters and their families was a month before his death at a Sunday dinner hosted by his ex-wife Fran Herring, who had remained friends with Mr. Herring.

Herr Herring often came by when Frau Herring was looking after the grandchildren and helped them bathe and go to bed.

“The kids called him Graggie” because they couldn’t say “Grandpa,” said Ms. Fitch.

The hours he spent with his grandchildren he called “graggie time”.

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